The Lanes

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South of North Street, Brighton, East Sussex

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#5 of 15
expert-rated things to do in Brighton
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, People watching, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Best for Romance - Expert review of The Lanes

This is a lucky dip of ancient alleyways with some great little shops and cafés.

There’s a beguiling whiff of the past in the maze of narrow streets and twittens (or alleyways) immediately north west of Brighton Pier. Many of the buildings here are 18th century and the thoroughfares they stand on date back two centuries further, to the days when Brighton was just a fishing village.

The Lanes is no longer the best part of town to find quirky little places selling antique furniture, china and oddments - for these, you’ll want to scoot over to Kemptown - but the traditional and contemporary jewellers so beloved of engagement ring hunters are still there. This is also a great area for one-off boutiques, gallery shops and cafés. There's also an interesting contemporary art space here, Fabrica, which hosts challenging installations. All in all, this is a romantic and diverting area for a wander, particularly with a significant other. See my Shopping in Brighton: The Lanes and North Laine guide for more information.

Expert tips: 
Local guide and entertainer Rob Marks unearths the quarter’s spookier side on his Ghost Walk of The Lanes, starting from the Druid’s Head pub on Brighton Place (07522 605524; Thu-Sat 7.30pm; £5)

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Neighbourhood / street
South of North Street, Brighton, East Sussex
Months open:
All year round

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